Proposed changes to the methodology to calculate the cash portion of the InKind obligation

Between December 15, 2022 – January 13, 2023, the Authority consulted on proposed changes to the methodology to calculate the cash portion of the InKind obligation during the transition of the Blue Box Program for the 2024 and 2025 funding years.

Background

Under the Blue Box Program Plan, members of News Media Canada and Ontario Community Newspaper Association (NMC/OCNA) contribute newspaper advertising linage to municipalities and First Nations in lieu of cash funding. A cash payment, which is calculated based on a methodology outlined in the Blue Box Program Plan, is also required if commodity prices reach a certain level.

The Authority has reviewed the methodology to calculate the cash portion of the InKind obligation to determine whether the methodology needed to be adjusted for the transition years of the Blue Box Program. The review was undertaken because certain data inputs required for the calculation would not be available as participating communities transition to the new producer responsibility framework under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016. The Authority has determined that a change to the methodology is required to accommodate for the loss of key data inputs as communities begin to transition out of the program in order to calculate the cash portion of the InKind obligation.

The Blue Box Program Windup Plan (WUP) states that the InKind Advertising Program is to continue without changes through to the end of the Blue Box transition in 2025. However, as the calculation used to implement the InKind Advertising Program is impacted by the loss of reported municipal data, a consultation and a resulting adjustment to the methodology is required.

Stewardship Ontario (SO) publicly consulted on the proposed methodology from November 14, 2022 – December 9, 2022. Review the consultation materials. Following the consultation, SO submitted a consultation report and proposed WUP addendum to the Authority.

Consultation feedback

The proposal outlined the Authority’s proposed changes, as well as key considerations for the new approach.

Stakeholders were asked to submit written feedback by email to consultations@rpra.ca by on or before January 13, 2023. For questions about the proposal, please contact us at consultations@rpra.ca.

All feedback received during the consultation will be considered by the Authority. The results of the consultation will be posted to the Authority’s website, as well as a report summarizing the consultation process and stakeholder feedback.